Democrats are not missing a beat when it comes to politicizing the coronavirus.
After spending months blaming President Donald Trump and claiming he’s “failing” with his response to the combating the virus, it appears Democrats’ latest line of attack backfired big time.
A few days ago, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pointed his finger at Senate Republicans, suggesting they delayed the passage of new legislation to combat the virus in America.
Schumer also directly called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The #FamiliesFirst Coronavirus Response Act will unlock billions for New York to contain the virus’s spread, cover mounting costs, and to go at the virus with full force.
Senator Mitch McConnell and Republicans must pass this coronavirus legislation as-is IMMEDIATELY.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 14, 2020
Schumer wasn’t wrong at the time that there was a delay in getting the House coronavirus bill passed and signed into law.
However, it wasn’t Republicans fault for the delay — it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Matt Whitlock, a senior adviser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tweeted that Pelosi herself made a blunder.
Schumer and Pelosi are going to have an awkward conversation about this.
Pelosi’s team has to bring up a technical correction on Monday and re-pass it. Schumer is trying to attack Republicans for not passing the un-corrected bill.
Awkward all around. https://t.co/hQLy4dl2QX
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) March 14, 2020
Pelosi and House Democrats were tasked with providing a “Phase 1” relief bill to get the ball rolling on providing relief to Americans and the economy.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act did pass the House a few days later, but Democrats had to fix it before it was sent to the Senate, who will reportedly vote to pass it as soon as Wednesday.
But the bigger issue is that Schumer was shooting his mouth off and blaming Republicans for not passing a bill when it was Pelosi’s blunder that stalled it.
McConnell said Tuesday the Senate will pass the House’s coronavirus funding package without changes.
“With regard to the bill that came over from the House, there was some discussion about whether to amendment that with a bigger proposal, because we all know a bigger proposal is necessary. But I’ve decided we’re going to go on and vote as soon as the Senate can get permission to vote on the bill that came over from the House, send it down to the president for signature,” McConnell told reporters.
The House bill provides up to 10 days of paid leave for some workers and bolsters unemployment insurance.
But the paid leave provision sparked pushback among GOP senators who worried it would put a burden on small businesses. The House bill would cap the paid leave at companies with 500 employees. It would also allow businesses with fewer than 50 employees to apply for a waiver.
Republicans had been discussing potentially trying to change the House bill, including adding in a “phase three” bill, which is expected to focus on impacted businesses, workers and industries.
McConnell also said the Senate will work at “warp speed” to craft a massive new stimulus package to help Americans deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis, vowing that senators “will not leave” Washington until it’s done.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said there is a “high level of interest” among Republicans for a Trump administration proposal to send as many as two $1,000 checks directly to individual Americans to help respond to the economic slowdown, a move that could cost an estimated $500 billion.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced Tuesday the administration is working to get checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Trump has also decided to suspend all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency over the weekend.
A major report out of South Korea should also give hope to the United States during this crisis.